New Program Helps With Bridge Noise
| Brian Conybeare |
The New NY Bridge project Community Benefits Program (CBP) is reaching out to 57 private homeowners on both sides of the Hudson River to help them reduce indoor construction noise. These residents qualify for up to $30,000 each to install new sound-reducing windows and doors.
Homes that will experience temporary construction noise in excess of the federal daytime interior noise standard of 51 decibels (dBA) were determined to be eligible for this program. Project noise levels that exceed 51 dBA inside homes are generally associated with the installation of piles for the project, an activity that is limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Additional measures are already in place to mitigate construction noise levels, including the use of vibratory pile drivers, temporary sound barriers, and other techniques.
The grants are part of a $20 million CBP, a partnership between the New York State Thruway Authority and design-builders Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC). The CBP allows community and private organizations that are impacted by the project to apply for grant assistance.
The $20 million CBP is part of the New NY Bridge project good neighbor policy and the goal is to improve the quality of life for people in Rockland and Westchester right near the Hudson River. The first grants were awarded earlier this year to The Quay of Tarrytown condominium complex. All were approved for funding to upgrade doors and windows with noise-reducing capabilities. Now the same concept has been expanded to 57 private homes near the construction site.
For more information click here: http://www.newnybridge.com/contact/cbp/index.html
Brian Conybeare is the Special Advisor for the Tappan Zee (New NY Bridge) Project